UMass Amherst
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Institute for Cellular Engineering


ICE REU Program

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Since 2007, the Institute for Cellular Engineering (ICE) has hosted a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) for U.S. citizens or permanent residents interested in pursuing graduate studies in bioengineering or biological sciences.

Cellular engineering is a new frontier of applied biology.  Understanding cellular function and manipulating cells/tissues to perform in a particular manner is the basis for many ventures in the biomedical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, including drug production from cell culture, generation of artificial organs for replacement of diseased tissues, and design of bioremediation processes for waste water clean-up.  Our faculty and research are at the forefront of cellular engineering innovation, performing cutting-edge work in biosensor development, cell and drug delivery, metabolic engineering and protein engineering. 

The ICE REU program allows undergraduates to perform hands-on summer research while earning a stipend of $500 per week (up to $4,500). Participating students also receive support for housing and eligible travel expenses.

In addition to mentored research projects, students participate in a weekly seminar to educate them in the fundamentals of cellular engineering and provide professional development training opportunities.  The ICE REU program provides undergraduates with a unique opportunity to network and collaborate with leaders in the field of cellular engineering.

Applications for the 2015 ICE REU program are due March 1st - Apply Now! If you have any questions about the program, please contact Professor Roberts for more information.

View ICE REU Research Highlights

The ICE REU program is supported the National Science Foundation (EEC-1263235).


University of Massachusetts
Institute for Cellular Engineering
686 North Pleasant Street
159 Goessmann Laboratory
Amherst, MA 01003